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St. Marys UMC Foundation announces 17 grants for Spring 2012

published 5/23/2012
The Board of Directors of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. has approved grants for the Spring 2012 Grant Cycle.  Grants totaling $748,500 will be made to 17 charitable organizations the week of June 4, 2012.  The following is a brief description of each recipient and the purpose of the grant. Brantley County Family Connections A $25,000 grant to provide operational support for Brantley County ROCKS (Rally Our Community and Kids Against Substance Abuse), a project of the ...

Guaranteed appointments ended, Judicial Council review pending

published 5/18/2012
On the second day of plenary sessions, General Conference delegates made a major change to the long-standing United Methodist itinerancy system when they voted in favor of ending guaranteed appointments for ordained clergy.  By ending guaranteed appointments for ordained elders, provisional members and associate members, bishops and cabinets will be allowed to make less than full-time appointments. Proponents say removing ineffective pastors will be easier. The petition focused on paragraph ...

Delegates meet SEJ episcopal nominees

published 5/17/2012
General Conference delegates and others from the Southeastern Jurisdiction (SEJ) of The United Methodist Church met their 14 SEJ episcopal nominees, including two from the South Georgia Conference, on Tuesday, May 1 and Wednesday, May 2. Seven of the 14 candidates spoke during General Conference’s lunch break on Tuesday, including Rev. Robert Beckum, and the remaining seven, including Dr. Ivelisse Quiñones, had their turn on Wednesday. Rev. Beckum, senior pastor at St. Luke United Methodist ...

South Georgians to serve at general church level

published 5/17/2012
Three South Georgia Conference laity have been selected and elected to serve on the general church level of The United Methodist Church. South Georgia Conference Chancellor Warren Plowden, a member of Vineville United Methodist Church in Macon, was elected as a lay alternate to The United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council, the denomination’s highest judicial body. Two clergy, two laity, and six clergy and laity alternates were elected during General Conference’s Monday, April 30 proceedings. ...

2012 General Conference tackles challenging issues

published 5/16/2012
By Rich Peck* United Methodists from five continents addressed a wide range of challenging issues, including church structure and human sexuality, and engaged in an Act of Repentance toward indigenous people during their 10-day legislative gathering. Meeting in the Tampa Convention Center, steps away from the waters of Tampa Bay, the 988 delegates recalled through worship, song and sermon the healing and transforming ministry of Jesus beside the Sea of Galilee. As storms on the Sea of Galilee ...

Changing the world, one community at a time

published 5/8/2012
By Kara Witherow, Editor Poulan United Methodist Church wants to be a church that does something. They’ll do just that May 19-20, joining thousands of other United Methodist congregations around the world for “Change the World” weekend. “Too often we get stuck inside the box of a sanctuary and are not really thinking about what’s outside and what we can be doing for our community,” said Poulan UMC pastor Rev. Nate Lehman. “I really base it on loving our neighbors. We want to be a church that ...

Egg hunt helps Harvest Church spread Easter message, share God's love

published 5/8/2012
By Kara Witherow, Editor More than 25,000 eggs were scooped up in less than five minutes at Harvest United Methodist Church’s annual Easter egg hunts. Nearly 5,000 people attended one of Harvest Church’s five egg hunts, which were held immediately following five of the church’s eight Easter worship services. What used to be held on the weekend preceding Easter is now an event held in conjunction with the Easter worship services. The timing is intentional and by design, church leaders say. In ...

Pastor's passion for music leads to Idol experience

published 5/8/2012
By Kara Witherow, Editor Music and singing have long been passions of Moultrie First United Methodist Church pastor Rev. Mark Addington. Growing up in Thomasville, he sang in church and in the youth choir. While in college at Florida State University, he played trumpet as a member of the Marching Chiefs. And at Candler School of Theology he sang in a men’s a cappella group. “If I wasn’t in ministry I think I would move to Orlando and audition to be in one of their bands or do something ...

Valdosta District hosts UMW Teen Rally

published 5/7/2012
The annual Hands on Mission Rally for Teens and Young Women was held on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Adel United Methodist Church.  The United Methodist Women ladies, girls’ unit, teen girls and other youth numbered 30 in attendance.  Adel UMW President Debbie Buckholtz led the meeting and rally.  Those in attendance participated in the Ministry through Meals project which Adel has just begun.  This project sprung from the mind of an Adel youth, Brandon Holt.  Brandon visited Nashville United Methodist ...

AGING WELL: Epworth "Grand Camp" fosters special bonds

published 5/6/2012
By Missy Buchanan UMR Columnist  A grandmother paused while her 9-year old grandson tried to scoop up sand with his bare feet. For the last half-hour, they had been strolling along the wide beach of the Atlantic, feeling the mist on their faces and picking up sea shells. She couldn’t remember the last time she had felt so free to enjoy her grandson in the beauty of nature.  Over the years she had traveled many places with all three of her grandchildren. They had ridden horses in the mountains ...

General Church Reduces Budget for 2013-2016

published 5/4/2012
General Conference delegates approved a $603.1 million budget for the next four years, beginning in 2013.  This is a reduction of $38.7 million or 6%. Moses Kumar, the General Secretary of General Council on Finance and Administration, stated that this is the first quadrennial budget ever to be presented to the conference that is a reduction over previous quadrennia.  This budget reduction follows extensive study over the quadrennium that has taken into consideration the economic conditions and...

Judicial Council voids Plan UMC

published 5/4/2012
(UMNS) A compromise restructure plan for The United Methodist Church, adopted earlier this week by the 2012 General Conference, was declared “unconstitutional” May 4. That unanimous ruling came from the nine-member United Methodist Judicial Council, which had been asked by General Conference to make a declaratory decision on the constitutionality of “Plan UMC.” “Under the Constitution, the creation and establishment of general Church board and agencies, the fixing of their structure, the ...

General Conference votes to end "guaranteed appointments"

published 5/1/2012
Many delegates were surprised and even shocked by how quickly a far-reaching proposal that takes away the security of guaranteed appointments for ordained elders breezed by The United Methodist 2012 General Conference. The item was approved as part of a large number of proposals in the assembly’s April 30 consent calendar. The consent calendar is a tool used by General Conference to expedite legislation wherein recommendations from legislative committees with no more than 10 votes in opposition ...

Bishop King preaches message of inclusion, invitation, love

published 4/26/2012
By Kara Witherow After an intense plenary session that included the report of the Call to Action committee, a much-welcomed worship service was ushered in by General Conference worship director Marcia McFee. “What are the things you need to let go of to hear Jesus Christ more clearly?” she asked those watching in person and online. Full of pageantry and symbolism, a dance of hospitality and a song and prayer of thanksgiving helped usher delegates and General Conference attendees into a state of ...

Keeping up with General Conference

published 4/20/2012
General Conference 2012 will open on Tuesday, April 24, at the Tampa (Fla.) Convention Center and remain in session through Friday, May 4. As the only body that can speak as The United Methodist Church, the 988 delegates from around the world will write The Book of Discipline 2012 and The Book of Resolutions 2012, adopt a budget for general church operations during 2013-16, elect members of the Judicial Council and the University Senate and take other actions. The assembly will open with ...

Following in their fathers' footsteps

published 4/19/2012
By Kara Witherow, Editor Following in a father’s footsteps sometimes means filling some pretty big shoes. Or, in the case of Revs. Thad Haygood and Jack Varnell, some pretty big clergy robes. Just as their fathers have done, both Rev. Haygood and Rev. Varnell serve South Georgia United Methodist churches. Rev. Haygood is the senior pastor of Dublin First United Methodist Church, and Rev. Varnell, a third-generation United Methodist pastor, serves Unity and Live Oak United Methodist Churches.  ...

Harp to serve as Summer Camp Director

published 4/18/2012
The Office of Connectional Ministries is in intense planning mode for the 2012 summer camp season.  Leadership Team members – the camp’s college-aged counselors – have been hired, brochures have been printed and mailed, and registration information is now online. Rev. C. J. Harp, campus minister at Valdosta State University’s Wesley Foundation, has been hired to serve as Summer Camp Director for the 2012 summer season. Rev. Harp will maintain his appointment as Wesley Foundation Director, but ...

Join in prayer for General Conference and the South Georgia delegation

published 4/18/2012
The beauty of being a part of a connectional church is that we can call on one another to pray and support each other in prayer. As the 2012 General Conference approaches, it is important to know our prayer foundation is firm and we are connected in a global prayer network. To join with our delegation in support and prayer, we asked them the following: How can we, as an Annual Conference, specifically pray for our delegation as you prepare and participate in the 2012 General Conference session? ...

South Georgia delegates prepare for General Conference

published 4/18/2012
{Visit www.sgaumc.org/GC2012 for all of the latest General Conference information.} By Kara Witherow, Editor* More than 10 months of prayer, preparation and planning will culminate next week as General Conference convenes in Tampa, Fla. Every four years, United Methodists from around the world gather together to set policies, pass resolutions, worship, and fellowship. This year, the General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body, will gather April 24-May 4.  Ten delegates...

Summer camps offer fun, faith for elementary and middle-school students

published 4/18/2012
Temperatures are rising in South Georgia, and with warmer weather come thoughts of vacations, beach trips and summer camps. With campers set to arrive less than two months, planning and preparation for the South Georgia Conference Summer Camps programs are well under way, says Camp Director Rev. C.J. Harp. The theme of this year’s camps is “The Deep,” based on Ephesians 3:17b-19, which reads, “And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you'll be able to take in with all followers...

Wesleyan College again a Top Ten 'Best Value' Private Colleges

published 4/6/2012
Macon’s Wesleyan College is a “Best Value” private college for 2012, according to The Princeton Review, one of the United States’ most widely known education services and test preparation companies. The Princeton Review teamed with USA TODAY, the nation's most widely read print newspaper, to present its list, “The Princeton Review Best Value Colleges for 2012.”  The list features 150 schools in 37 states – 75 public and 75 private colleges and universities.  Of the 75 schools chosen in each ...

South Georgia prepares for 2012 Annual Conference session

published 4/5/2012
Plans are quickly taking shape for the 2012 South Georgia Annual Conference session, scheduled for June 3-5 in Macon at the Macon Centreplex. With a theme of “Let the Redeemed Say So,” based on Psalm 107:2, this year’s Annual Conference session will give attendees the opportunity to gather together in fellowship and worship.  “The annual conference session is always a highly anticipated time when we celebrate what God has been doing through the congregations and ministries that make up the ...

Arco UMC Pastor portrays Biblical characters

published 4/4/2012
By Kara Witherow, Editor On a typical Sunday morning, Rev. George Herndon sports traditional church garb: a button-down shirt, a tie, a suit, and closed-toe shoes. But during the past five Sundays, from March 4 through April 1, Rev. Herndon, pastor of Brunswick’s Arco United Methodist Church, traded his typical sermons for dramatic interpretations of scripture and tossed his traditional trappings for more authentic attire. Portraying David, the shepherd boy, Rev. Herndon swapped his shirt for a ...

Jesup First UMC challenges members to shape up

published 4/4/2012
By Kara Witherow, Editor By February, many resolution makers have abandoned their New Year’s goals. Whether the resolutions were to lose weight, live a healthier lifestyle, save money or something else, many are scrapped before spring. That’s why, in early February, Jesup First United Methodist Church kicked off their 13-week Shape Up Health Challenge. With a holistic focus on health, the program was born out of a desire to have healthier minds, bodies and spirits. “I think everyone starts out ...

Disciple Covenant Conference focuses on cultivating disciple plans

published 3/14/2012
More than 600 clergy and laity from across South Georgia gathered Feb. 24-25 in Macon for the second annual Disciple Covenant Conference. Held at the Macon Centreplex, the event was designed to help individuals and teams develop plans for disciple formation. The purpose of this annual event, according to Bishop King, is to “create the environment for you to focus on developing your disciple plan by providing information, inspiration and participation.”  Development of discipleship plans should ...

Friendship UMC helps hungry kids

published 3/14/2012
By Kara Witherow, Editor For about a dollar per child per week, Friendship United Methodist Church in Donalsonville is doing its part to help ease the problem of childhood hunger in Seminole County. Every Friday morning, volunteers deliver 112 bags of food to nearby Seminole County Elementary School. The bags of healthy, easy-to-eat food help supplement the meals a child may or may not get at home during the weekend. While many families in the area and across the United States rely on the U.S. ...

South Columbus UMC gives area residents a hand up

published 3/14/2012
By Kara Witherow, Editor Just a few weeks ago, Catherine Alexander was unemployed and struggling to find work. Today, thanks in part to South Columbus United Methodist Church, Alexander has a fulfilling full-time job. Alexander was one of four students who graduated Jan. 20 from South Columbus UMC’s certified nursing assistant (CNA) program. A ministry of the church, the program’s coursework consists of classroom training and hands-on clinical instruction. After the course is completed, students...

7 ideas for Holy Week and Easter

published 3/5/2012
Lent is here and Easter is quickly approaching. If you’ve been racking your brain for ideas (or just procrastinating), check out these tips. They require minimal effort and cost, while still providing ways to engage your congregation and drive home the all-important message of Jesus' death and resurrection. 1. Move your choir. Do you follow the same script every year? Mix up your services with a few tweaks to engage your congregation (and maybe even attract new or infrequent attendees). For ...

Football great John Riley to speak at UMM's annual retreat

published 3/5/2012
The United Methodist Men of the South Georgia Conference will host their annual Spring Retreat April 13 through April 15 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. Gathering under the theme, “Men of God, make a difference,” retreat participants will hear a dynamic and inspirational messages from football great John “Rat” Riley.  “To me, this retreat is another step men can take toward spiritual growth,” said UMM president Chuck Cowart. “I think a lot of times men think that we can grow in the ...

I shall not want

published 3/5/2012
Hello, beautiful people of South Georgia! I was traveling from a meeting as District Superintendent of the Murfreesboro District when I called home to share with Rose that I was going to test the call to the office of bishop. My call to preach the gospel to multi ethnic, interracial communities occurred during my childhood in the small county seat town of Ashland, Ala. However, the first verbal expression suggesting that I would one day become a bishop in The United Methodist Church occurred in...

News from your South Georgia Conference Delegation - March 2

published 3/5/2012
By Rev. Robert Beckum The South Georgia Annual Conference Delegation for General and Jurisdictional Conferences continues to meet in its preparation for General Conference. Central to our preparation is a careful study of The Call to Action. This Call to Action will be the center around which most proposed legislation before this General Conference revolves. Some proposals seek to implement the plan and others seek to modify the plan, but there is no comprehensive “alternative” plan of action ...

Teens live lives of purity, St. Mark UMC hosts True Love Waits rally

published 3/5/2012
By Kara Witherow, Editor Ashlyn Avera is not afraid to take a stand for God. The 16-year-old Columbus High School sophomore is vocal about her commitment to remain sexually pure until marriage and boldly encourages her peers to do the same. A member of St. Mark United Methodist Church, Avera, daughter of Stacy and Rev. Matt Avera, recently attended a True Love Waits rally, held at St. Mark UMC on Wednesday, Feb. 8. Coordinated by One Accord Youth Pastor’s Fellowship, an ecumenical group of ...

Leesburg UMC helps strengthen relationships with Daddy Daughter Dance

published 3/2/2012
By Kara Witherow, Editor It is a well-known and documented fact that fathers wield enormous influence over their daughter’s lives, and the bond they share is a special, unique one. The lyrics of a popular song even state the importance of a father’s role in his daughter’s life: “Fathers, be good to your daughters. Daughters will love like you do.” In an effort to help strengthen and encourage that critical relationship, Leesburg United Methodist Church hosts the annual Lee County Daddy Daughter...

Coffee shop church brews new faith community

published 2/17/2012
By Kara Witherow, Editor The early church was built on relationships. Jesus talked to people. He listened. He ate dinner with sinners. He was a friend and He loved people. The Foundery is building its faith community in much the same way. The ministry, which reaches out to those who feel disillusioned and disenfranchised with the traditional church model, Savannah’s artist community, and Savannah College of Art and Design students, is a new United Methodist church plant and congregation in ...

South Georgia churches strengthen connection with Ugandan church

published 2/17/2012
By Kara Witherow, Editor The United Methodist Church is a connectional church bound together by a central mission – to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. In January, members of Grace United Methodist Church in Vidalia, Gilchrist Park United Methodist Church in Waycross and St. Peter United Methodist Church in Columbus traveled to Africa to help strengthen the connection between South Georgia United Methodists and those in Uganda. The central purpose of the trip ...

South Georgia Conference sees slight rise in apportionment giving

published 2/17/2012
 The 2011 financial books have closed, and the story is a slightly more positive one than in recent years. United Methodist churches in the South Georgia Conference paid just over 81 percent of the conference adjusted budget. The total apportionments collected - $10,004,881 – were an almost $15,000 increase on 2010 apportionments paid. The 81 percent paid on the nearly $12.3 million amended 2011 total conference budget means that almost $2.3 million were not collected. The Conference spent ...

Spouses' Retreat features Christian humorist Cathy Lee Phillips

published 2/17/2012
The 2012 South Georgia Ministers’ Spouses’ Retreat, "I don’t have baggage – I have designer luggage," is set for March 16 - 18, 2012, at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. Featuring Christian author, speaker and humorist Cathy Lee Phillips, the retreat is designed to be a time of spiritual renewal, relaxation and fellowship for all clergy spouses. “We’re immersed in the Word week after week in our churches, but we still hunger for spiritual renewal,” said retreat planner Mary Pat Beckum, ...

Vineville UMC initiative aims to tackle tough issues in the community

published 2/17/2012
 By Christie del Amo Johnson On Sunday mornings, Pastor Tom Anderson is usually preaching at his Presbyterian church, Strong Tower Fellowship, in the Pleasant Hill community of Macon. But recently he found himself, instead, standing in a class at Vineville United Methodist Church just a few blocks up the road. Pastor Anderson was there to accept help from this congregation for the surrounding neighborhood they are both a part of. “Strong Tower is a church made up primarily, if not totally from ...

Bishop King announces projected appointment of one new Superintendent

published 2/12/2012
Bishop James R. King, Jr. has announced the projected appointment of one new District Superintendent. Dr. Edwin M. “Buddy” Cooper, currently senior pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus, will become the Columbus District Superintendent, succeeding Dr. Shane Green.  Current Columbus District Superintendent Dr. Green, now in his third year of service to the Columbus District, is projected to serve St. Paul UMC. Dr. Cooper and Dr. Green will begin serving in their new appointments ...

Andrew College to dedicate Sarah Anne Staples Biology Lab

published 2/3/2012
Andrew College President Dr. David Seyle recently announced plans for the dedication of the Sarah Anne Staples Biology Lab in Andrew College’s Rhodes Science Center.  The dedication will be held during Andrew’s Spring Alumni Rally, April 13 to 15.  From 1957 to 1998, except for one year teaching at Georgia State College for Women, Sarah Anne Staples served as Professor of Biological Sciences teaching courses in Biology, Vertebrate Zoology, Microbiology, and Anatomy and Physiology.  Alumni today ...

Amateur artisans create glass masterpieces

published 2/2/2012
By Kara Witherow, Editor Every Sunday for nearly 10 years, Louis Keene sat in his seat in the back corner of Woodbine United Methodist Church’s sanctuary and stared at the church’s four unfinished windows. Five beautifully crafted stained glass windows graced the sanctuary’s south side. Plain, uncolored glass filled the four windows on the worship center’s north side. After the sanctuary was built in the mid-1990s, church member Chris Fisette volunteered to make 10 stained glass windows. ...

Headed in the right direction

published 2/2/2012
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United Methodist Women's annual retreat set for March 23-25

published 2/2/2012
The United Methodist Women of the South Georgia Conference will host their annual Spiritual Growth Retreat March 23-25 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island.  Coming together under the theme of “My Joy Cometh in the Morning,” from Psalm 30:5, retreat participants will hear speaker Cindy Ricker challenge and urge participants to examine their relationship with Christ.  They will also have opportunities on Saturday to participate in two interest groups. “The Spiritual Growth Retreat gifts us ...

Young adult follows God's call on her life

published 2/2/2012
By Kara Witherow, Editor Thea Ramirez has been an advocate for as long as she can remember. As an 11-year-old camper, Ramirez learned of a friend’s horrific abuse and helped campaign for her safety. Serving as a summer intern at an orphanage in Juarez, Mexico, the 17-year-old rising high school senior fought for abused orphans and was instrumental in stopping their physical and sexual abuse. As an adult, Ramirez has advocated for neglected, developmentally disabled adults, which resulted in ...

United Methodists score high in survey

published 2/1/2012
A UMNS Report by Joey Butler* United Methodists rank highest in favorability among five different faith groups in a new survey conducted by the Southern Baptist Convention’s research arm. The research shows United Methodists are held in more favorable regard by the U.S. public than Catholics, Southern Baptists, Mormons or Muslims, according to LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. “(United) Methodists are well liked — and there is great opportunity if (United) Methodist...

Five new studies for Lent 2012

published 1/31/2012
By Rev. Kathy Noble, editor, Interpreter* New studies from popular authors will be available for Lent 2012. “Final Words: From the Cross” [Cokesbury, www.Cokesbury.com, (800) 672-1789] by Adam Hamilton looks at Christ's dying hours and his final words. A study DVD with seven teaching sessions is also available. “Mosaic” (Cokesbury) is a seven-week study in which Shane Stanford looks at how God transforms brokenness and discarded hopes and dreams into something beautiful and useful. Each lesson ...

North Alabama continues to work towards recovery following Jan. tornadoes

published 1/31/2012
North Alabama continues to work towards recovery after an outbreak of tornadoes ripped through the conference April 27, 2011. Since that day, the affected communities have worked steadily towards rebuilding and redefining their new normal with UMCOR’s help and support. UMCOR has issued a $1 million grant to the North Alabama Conference as they enter into long-term recovery, which will last until at least December 2013. The funds will support volunteer coordination for reconstruction; case ...

Beginner, novice, apprentice and then...

published 1/20/2012
By Dr. Brad Brady It will not surprise those of you who know me to read this confession:  I am not a plumber or electrician or mechanically inclined in any way!  I have several hilarious stories about previous attempts of trying the most routine projects only to end up with extra parts and non-functioning equipment. Recently, I tried another project.  This time, I went to YouTube and searched for a video intended to guide a first-time “self-helper” to do a basic plumbing repair.  I watched two ...

Living up to the Sacred Trust

published 1/20/2012
By Brad Brady When you stop and think about it, every local church is the steward of an awesome sacred trust. On one-hand, God entrusts every congregation with the high calling of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with a hurting world.  Consider this tremendous truth: We are part of long-line of salvation history where God chooses to use people just like us to tell the salvation story and invite others into the life that is really Life.  What a sacred trust! On the other hand, people enter ...

Safe Sanctuaries training video available Feb. 1

published 1/20/2012
The Office of Connectional Ministries continues its support of local churches by releasing a new Safe Sanctuaries training video designed to be used as a key part of the volunteer orientation held in each congregation. “This is a project we have been discussing for several years,” said Dr. Brad Brady, Assistant to the Bishop for Connectional Ministries. “We are delighted that everything has come together so that we can now make this resource available.” This orientation video will present ...

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